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In Field and Studio, Florian Maier-Aichen Charts Murky Terrain

by Charlie Schultz
Florian Maier-Aichen’s recent show at 303 Gallery—his fourth to date—splits into two distinct sets of photographs. One series is landscape oriented; the other is markedly abstract. Almost all of the photographs are printed on a large scale, the average size being roughly equivalent to the face of a vending machine. This may be the primary characteristic of these works; because they are large—and from a distance appear full of detail—one is naturally compelled to look closer, to inspect the surface as if tracing a road on a map. But that view is undermined by the ar... [more]
Posted by Charlie Schultz on 7/22/14

Presence in Absence

Two galleries on 21st Street in Chelsea have completely given over their spaces to art-filled environments, placing the viewer in the role of detective, actor, scientist, and storyteller. And both installations rely on the power of absence to generate ideas. Eliasson’s Multiple Shadow House is a bare-bones structure, empty and eerily lit. The title gives the space a haunted quality, but Eliasson’s work is more interested in science, perception and inquiry than the occult. I stepped into the first wooden-floored room and the walls in front of me sprung to life with several different shades of my own shadow... [more]
Posted by Nathan Sensel on 3/18/10

This Vegetable Universe

There’s a seed in each of Inka Essenhigh’s paintings from which compositions develop and grow. Often your eyes will alight on a color or a diagonal line and follow it out to the details. From there, subject matter takes over — seasonal landscapes containing spectacular, unnatural elements. In Minor Sea Gods of Maine, the shore is inhabited by a couple of craggy creatures while the sea and sky consumes a whole different sort of being. The everyday experience of walking along the shores of Maine is turned into something like a passage from an epic greek poem. Though these are dreamlike pictures, the ar... [more]
Posted by Nathan Sensel on 1/26/10